January 31, 2018

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
Short stories about the creepy and the unusual...count me in! If it's eerie and weird it's usually right up my alley, so I couldn't wait to dive into this collection of short stories. Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill features a collection of 5 magical tales that aim to set the reader on a journey of weirdness and wonder.

This book ended up being very middle of the road for me, with a mixed bag of stories that I either really liked or didn't enjoy at all. It was a quick read and I breezed through it in a couple of hours. While some stories I really enjoyed (I'm looking at you "Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch' and "Dreadful Young Ladies"), others left something to be desired ("The Insect and the Astronomer" and "Open the Door and the Light Pours Through"). The novella at the end, "The Unlicensed Magician," has won the World Fantasy Award, and I can see why...it was well thought out, contained just enough to tell a full story, and was completely fascinating! I also have to note that the cover is absolutely stunning.

This was my first experience with Kelly Barnhill's works, and I've heard that The Girl Who Drank the Moon is quite good, so I may pick that up and give it a try even though it's a middle grade novel. I thought there was a lot of potential in this collection of stories, but something was missing overall that just might be there in a novel-length work.

Since there were 5 stories and I enjoyed 3 of them, this rating may very well be the easiest one I've ever done!

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Algonquin Books for sending me a copy of this short story collection to review! Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories releases on February 20, so if this sounds up your alley make sure to pick up a copy!

10 comments:

Jo Linsdell said...

Sounds interesting. I agree, the cover is lovely. I've not read any of her works. Maybe this would be a good introduction.

Terri said...

I'm all about short stories these days.

Nikki said...

Cute cover.

Norees Gasper said...

that cover is gorgeous! great post.

Megan said...

Very intriguing and eye-catching cover :) Thanks for sharing this one. I am going to check it out as soon as I can :)

Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

DJ Sakata said...

I am conflicted about short stories - I love/hate them ;)

Nandini Kamat Kunde said...

Loved this one ! Short stories are great

The Book Recluse Review said...

I love short story collections, but it is frustrating when some fall short. This seems like a collection worth check out though.

Whispering Stories said...

As daft as it might sound I love weird books. The only trouble I find with short stories, is what you found. Not all are up to scratch.

Wynne Katherine said...

I don't really usually read short stories, but the cover on this one is so pretty I might be inclined to give this one a try